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08-16-2014, 05:09 AM
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Leagues by level of play:

1. USHL (Hands down top level of competition)

2. NAHL/USPHL
-Top couple teams in each league would compete vs. bottom 4 USHL teams easily

3. EHL
-The USHL of Division 3 hockey, best exposure for D3 schools.. Any D1 guys are usually very young in this league and move onto NTDP, USHL, USPHL, NAHL.

4. Big drop of for all other junior leagues

For exposure to Hockey East and Atlantic Hockey, USPHL is hands down number 1; for recruiters it is an easy hour drive... Whereas USHL/NAHL schools have to spend $$$$ to travel and watch. USPHL also offers many more showcase for schools.

In every league certain organizations are better than others, don't always believe what you hear.

-Sincerely, a player that's made his way around the junior ropes.
I'm sending my boys to play in the USPHL premier league this season. I was happy to see your rank the USPHL so high. Any other information regarding the USPHL you can share? I'll be happy to read. Thanks


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08-17-2014, 11:02 AM
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I'm sending my boys to play in the USPHL premier league this season. I was happy to see your rank the USPHL so high. Any other information regarding the USPHL you can share? I'll be happy to read. Thanks
You'll definitely be happy with your boys developments. There are 3 junior leagues in the USA that D1 schools focus heavily on and the USPHL is one of them.

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11 In 11: South Shore Kings

http://www.usphlprospects.com/2014/0...ore-kings.html

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You'll definitely be happy with your boys developments. There are 3 junior leagues in the USA that D1 schools focus heavily on and the USPHL is one of them.
Thank you so much! College hockey has always been their goal. Excited for them to play on the east!

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I have an offer to play in the CIJHL this year. It's a brand new league so I can't really tell you how good the development is and its priced at around 4-6k + 3k for billet. At 16 am I better off staying and playing an extra year of midget AA or trying to scourge the money to play in Canada? The league is primarily focused on player development from what I've been told.

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I have an offer to play in the CIJHL this year. It's a brand new league so I can't really tell you how good the development is and its priced at around 4-6k + 3k for billet. At 16 am I better off staying and playing an extra year of midget AA or trying to scourge the money to play in Canada? The league is primarily focused on player development from what I've been told.
Play midget AA. Shoot for AAA this year or next. Don't play in an AAU league. Midget AA might be as high of quality but for what you're getting in the CIJHL, it's better to save your money. I think the first overall pick in the draft played high school hockey in New Jersey...

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Play midget AA. [B]Shoot for AAA this year or next. [\B] Don't play in an AAU league. Midget AA might be as high of quality but for what you're getting in the CIJHL, it's better to save your money. I think the first overall pick in the draft played high school hockey in New Jersey...
No way in hell I can afford that. Haha.

Edit: meant to bold "shoot for AAA this year or next" guess I cant on my phone.

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No way in hell I can afford that. Haha.

Edit: meant to bold "shoot for AAA this year or next" guess I cant on my phone.
If you're figuring 7k for the CIJHL then why couldn't you afford AAA? Would you need to also billet for AAA? Are you not in an area of teams in top leagues?

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JR teams in North and South Carolina

Are there any teams in Carolina that hold open tryouts or any teams at all?

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players in northeast North Carolina have the option of heading to Chesapeake, Va.....they have the Hampton Roads Whalers

http://www.whalernation.com/page/sho...-whaler-nation

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If you're figuring 7k for the CIJHL then why couldn't you afford AAA? Would you need to also billet for AAA? Are you not in an area of teams in top leagues?
I live within 40 minutes of 2 good AAA teams. Chicago fury, abd Chicago mission. 7k for cijhl would be an absolute stretch. My dad was also planning on refinancing our house which would help pay. 7k is nothing compared to the 12k that the AAA teams in Chicago are priced at. Plus let's not forget the cost of travel and sticks, it would be close to 15. I wish it could happen but sadly it won't. Unless some miracle happens AAA probably will not happen

I did hear however that AAA in other states is close to half the cost of Chicago AAA teams. Any truth to that? If we could get to the 6-7k cost it could happen.. of course theres still billet fees to pay but we can fogure that out.

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I live within 40 minutes of 2 good AAA teams. Chicago fury, abd Chicago mission. 7k for cijhl would be an absolute stretch. My dad was also planning on refinancing our house which would help pay. 7k is nothing compared to the 12k that the AAA teams in Chicago are priced at. Plus let's not forget the cost of travel and sticks, it would be close to 15. I wish it could happen but sadly it won't. Unless some miracle happens AAA probably will not happen

I did hear however that AAA in other states is close to half the cost of Chicago AAA teams. Any truth to that? If we could get to the 6-7k cost it could happen.. of course theres still billet fees to pay but we can fogure that out.
I would think to look at teams that do not travel that much, are in a top league, and most games are a car drive away. Stay away from Colorado. The least expensive team this year is $11,500 + billet fees + food for travel (that does include all the trips/hotel/airfare/ice). The other Colorado teams (near Denver) charge $18,000 and up. Many parents told me they paid over $20,000. I have twin boys, and we played in the Springs (but leave near Denver) for four years because of the outrageous cost. How could we afford to spend $30,000-$40,000 a year for hockey? Where can you get the most bang for your buck. $12,000 will easily rise to $17,000++ Save the money for a future junior team…if needed.

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I would think to look at teams that do not travel that much, are in a top league, and most games are a car drive away. Stay away from Colorado. The least expensive team this year is $11,500 + billet fees + food for travel (that does include all the trips/hotel/airfare/ice). The other Colorado teams (near Denver) charge $18,000 and up. Many parents told me they paid over $20,000. I have twin boys, and we played in the Springs (but leave near Denver) for four years because of the outrageous cost. How could we afford to spend $30,000-$40,000 a year for hockey? Where can you get the most bang for your buck. $12,000 will easily rise to $17,000++ Save the money for a future junior team…if needed.

I was told Detroit or st Louis are the best to go to. i was also told the la jr kings are cheaper than most as well but they travel a lot.

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I was told Detroit or st Louis are the best to go to. i was also told the la jr kings are cheaper than most as well but they travel a lot.
They are all good. Always lots of exposure playing in Detroit.

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They are all good. Always lots of exposure playing in Detroit.
How does the price look? Is it close to the 12k in Chicago or is it less?

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NAHL Open Tryouts

how hard is it to make an NAHL team, is it possible making it from an open tryout?

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how hard is it to make an NAHL team, is it possible making it from an open tryout?
It's pretty damn hard. Possible, yes. Likely, not so much. Think about it. You have to be good enough to play in the league to begin with, and You have to stand out in tryouts. Basically you have to stand out in a way that makes them think "Damn why didn't we draft him" you won't make the team just cause you did okay in their tryouts. Unless of course you fill a specific role the team needs. I suggest asking what they're looking for before trying out.

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It's pretty damn hard. Possible, yes. Likely, not so much. Think about it. You have to be good enough to play in the league to begin with, and You have to stand out in tryouts. Basically you have to stand out in a way that makes them think "Damn why didn't we draft him" you won't make the team just cause you did okay in their tryouts. Unless of course you fill a specific role the team needs. I suggest asking what they're looking for before trying out.

I live in Canada do they even scout Canadian leagues?

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I live in Canada do they even scout Canadian leagues?
I can't confirm or deny but they are allowed import players. Get in touch with them.

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Hey I'm at 97 birth year, i played midget major AAA in Detroit for BelleTire and Little Caesars in the Spring. I feel like I got screwed and it didn't work out with both teams, so now I'm playing for the Belle Tire Selects AAA in the NJPHL and I was Just wondering if anyone knew if the league get any looks from junior teams or colleges?? If so do I go play there or try one more year of Majors because the Belle Tire coach told me I had a guaranteed spot for next year. Could anyone help please??

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Rumors of Junior Hockey realignment (again) in the Northeast for 2015-2016?

I have just heard that there is a possibility that the USHL may be adding a Development level division/league in the Northeast in 2015-2016 to compete with the NA3EHL and USPHL expansion in the area.

Does anyone have any insight into this, or is this purely baseless rumor?

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I have just heard that there is a possibility that the USHL may be adding a Development level division/league in the Northeast in 2015-2016 to compete with the NA3EHL and USPHL expansion in the area.

Does anyone have any insight into this, or is this purely baseless rumor?
I couldn't really see them doing this, their developmental league is essentially the T1EHL or the HPHL.

If they do, more power to them.

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Haven't heard anything about USHL adding a junior league to the Northeast. Wouldn't make sense honestly, any USHL talent you're getting is playing in the Premier or EHL at this point. Any other league is not producing USHL. Or maybe 1 potential candidate per year.

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